Let the Games Begin… Somewhere Else

The opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro (Picture: Agência Brasil, Wikimedia Commons)

Seven years from now, the youth of the world will assemble for the games of the thirty-third Olympiad, at a venue to be decided in September of this year. But the bidding process for the 2024 games has played host to controversy from the start, as political wrangling and popular …

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Kaepernick boma ye: A New Generation of Political Athletes

Tommie Smith, John Carlos, Muhammad Ali and most recently Colin Kaepernick. These are just some of the athletes who have taken a political stance while at the top of their game. Let us take a look at how athletes perform political activism in the modern day and how it is …

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When Football led to War

On the 26th of March, El Salvador will welcome Honduras to Estadio Cuscatlán for a football qualifier, which both sides hope eventually will lead to the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The neighbouring countries have faced off against each other 60 times in the past, but three games in 1969 …

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Catalonia – A New Nation on the Rise?

Growing nationalism and desire for independence have turned the Spanish region of Catalonia into a political “hot potato”. With the emerging possibility of a Catalan independence, many have questions regarding what will happen. The future of 7.5 million Catalans and one of the most famous football clubs is at stake. …

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A flag after one’s heart

Every nation has a unique flag to call its own, but when is it ok to use it? It seems fine when supporters proudly wave their nation’s flag during international sporting events, but often many will disapprove of this prolific nationalistic behaviour outside of the stadium. Is nationalism the new …

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Qatar 2022: A story of blood, sweat and corruption

 #130168839 / Many people were surprised when the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) announced Qatar as the host for the World Cup in football 2022. Qatar is not a big football nation; in fact it has never managed to qualify to the World Cup. During summer, which is …

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Football: more than just a game?

Ultra graffiti. by Aslan Media, FlickrWatching 11 people chasing a ball for 90 minutes might not seem like something of great political importance, but if you thought football was just fun and games then think again! Football fans are a political force to be reckoned with. They have been at the frontline of the revolutions during the Arab spring, as well as standing at the barricades in both Turkey and Ukraine.

by Lotta Herz

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Not All Fun and Games: Three other Reasons not to Celebrate Sochi 2014

Nosochi.com2014, launched by a Circassian group. Photo by: jennifermackenziejones, FlickrWith the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games just three months away, Russia’s recently passed anti-gay law has led to widespread protests, leading Barack Obama to publicly state, “I don’t think it is appropriate to boycott the Olympics.”  The International Olympic Committee is similarly satisfied with the new law, stating it does not breach the Olympic charter, which forbids discrimination of any kind. The extent to which the new law will impact the Games—and Russian society more generally—remains to be seen, but there are three other important reasons to question the Sochi Olympics.

by Sean Kearns

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The Unwanted Legacy of Euro 2012

With only days to go until the first ball of Euro 2012 is kicked, the tournament’s hosts, Poland and Ukraine, are preparing to hold a major sporting event for the first time. From June 8 until July 1, their major cities will fill with enthusiastic supporters of Europe’s 16 best national football teams. There is little doubt that the host nations’ promise of a fantastic atmosphere and wonderful, lasting memories for visiting fans will be fulfilled. However, while both Poland and Ukraine will undoubtedly benefit from the massive influx of tourists, once the tournament’s final whistle blows on July 1 only one thing will remain: the tournament’s costs.

By: Sean Kearns

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